The County You Live, Work And Play

© 2016 All rights reserved. Made By Mike Wilson
© 2016 All rights reserved. Made By Mike Wilson

The County You Live, Work And Play

In Our Prayers


Scottish victims of the Tunisia massacre have been remembered in a nationwide minute's silence and special events in their local communities.

The remains of Ann and Jim McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, and Billy and Lisa Graham, from Bankfoot, near Perth, arrived back in the UK.

They were among 38 people killed by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui when he opened fire on holidaymakers on a beach in the resort of Sousse Friday June 26th.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh observed the silence at midday while on a visit to Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

A church service was held earlier in Cumbernauld in memory of the McQuires.

The Church of Scotland said around 400 people from the local community attended the private prayer gathering at Cumbernauld's Abronhill Church, where Mr and Mrs McQuire were members.

Linda Gray, Abronhill's session clerk, said: "The church was full. There were lots of people there and we were happy to be together to share our prayers with the community.

"We would like to thank everyone who came and also the very many people - some we knew and some we did not know - who sent messages of love and support. It was very kind."

Elsewhere, both North Lanarkshire Council and Perth and Kinross Council were flying flags at half-mast and books of condolence were opened.

Passengers at the normally bustling check-in area of Glasgow Airport fell silent at noon to observe the minute's silence.

Flags were also being flown at half-mast at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined local representatives at the headquarters of North Lanarkshire Council in Motherwell to observe the silence and pay her own tribute to the Scottish families and the other victims.

At the same time, Deputy First Minister John Swinney travelled to Perth and Kinross to pay his respects by signing the book of condolence in the local authority offices in Perth.

The First Minister said: "Today is a day to remember all of the victims of this senseless and cowardly terrorist attack and my thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with their families and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

"I hope that the families of James and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, and Billy and Lisa Graham, from Bankfoot, can take some comfort from the fact that right across Scotland people have come together to condemn these mindless acts and pay respects to their loved ones during today's minute's silence - just as I hope all the bereaved families will take comfort from the expression of solidarity right across the UK."

In Billy and Lisa Graham's hometown in Perthshire locals marked the minute’s silence along with the rest of Britain.

Residents in Bankfoot stood with heads bowed as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in last week’s tragedy.

Among those who remembered were members of Bankfoot’s bowling club, who stopped during a game to pay their respects.

The club’s flag flew at half mast above them as the group led by local councillor John Kellas  stood in silence.

In Cumbernauld the shopping mall's public address said: "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

“In memory of the Tunisia victims the Antonine Shopping Centre will now observe one minute’s silence.

“We ask you to observe the silence in memory of the 38 people who lost their lives in this sad terror attack.”

Shoppers, young and old, shop staff and mall staff stopped in their tracks.

Many bowed their heads and closed their eyes.

Others stopped their conversations in mid flow.

At the nearby North Lanarkshire Council offices the saltire flew at half-mast.